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today. the pontiff touched on political themes as well, calling for peace in syria and appealing to italians to embrace the spirit of cooperation in upcoming elections. >> tens of thousands of people showed up in st. peter's square to hear benedict's message, and millions to and in worldwide. >> tens of thousands of people turned out to hear the pope's christmas message. the square erupted in applause as the pontiff stepped out to address the crowd. he revisited one of the themes of his christmas eve message -- the wish for peace in the middle east. turning and i to syria, he called for an end to the conflict -- turning an eye to syria. the pope appealed to those responsible to stop the bloodshed and slaughter of innocent people. he called for dialogue in order to find a political solution to the conflict. the pope then delivered a christmas message in 65 languages. >> remind the world that true happiness lies in their hearts with hope and joy, for the savior has been born for us. >> for many in the audience, hearing the message in their own language was an obvious highlight. the
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others around the world are celebrating the holiday. anti-government rebels in syria said there in control of the border town with turkey. around 700 people have crossed the border to find refuge in turkey. more than half of a million people have fled from syria, and the syrian president bashar al- assad has said he would do whatever he can to end the violence to on boy -- envoy lakhdar brahimi. zeina khodr, what about this story that they have taken the border town? >> it is a small town, but there has been a long, difficult fight over three months. they have had between 100 and two hundred soldiers held up. was a difficult fight for the rebels. strategic, it is not in the sense that it will allow them to make further advances, but the rebels are trying to clear the border region from government forces. when now, they control most of the border region aside from a main border crossing. >> what about the context with lakhdar brahimi's visit to damascus? >> well, as we know, very little progress on the political front, which means more fighting is expected, but what we hav
for the end of the blood sed taking place in syria and playing for israelis and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate a lasting peace. yesterday the pope talked about the lure of technology taking time away from war shopping god. >> pilgrims from around the world flock to belles a to bethlehem lining up to see the birthplace of jesus. leland vittert live from bethlehem, sending christmas greetings to us like nobody else can. merry christmas to you. >> reporter: you're right it is really a roo tphaoebg and magical place on earth to be for chris nass. i'm going t christmas. you see the christmas tree all lit up and past that the church of the nativity where tonight there are a couple of thousands of people lined up trying to head inside and down to the bible when th grothe tow where the bible said jesus was born two m ma malennia go. the pope took a political penned talking about the nation of palestine certainly on the mind of a lot of people here, a lot of locals in bethlehem and the west bank. nobody really does christmas celebrations like they do in the west bank. palestini
half a million people have fled syria in more than two years of fighting. there was a quick visit to the capital by brahimi. we met with assad but the outcome of the meeting remains unclear. >> yet another attempt by syria's envoy to find way to end the war. brahimi met assad in damascus. it is not clear if he has a concrete plan but brahimi is trying to get an agreement on a transitional government. >> i've met president assad and we ex-changed views on the next steps to be taken to move forward. we also discussed the steps that i see can be taken to help the people come out of this crisis. >> any political solution that would save the regime is unacceptable. the political solution that is acceptable puts an end to killing of syrians. any solution that does not begin with assad stepping down is rejected and we will oppose it. >> he has no intention of stepping down. but he reportedly told brahimi that he would be willing to cooperate to find solution, but if you ask the opposition, they believe it is the assad government, which has been weakened, it is the assad government, which
.n. special envoy expressed concern that the continued fighting. the conflict in syria will continue into the new year. dozens were killed on sunday alone in central syria. army planes apparently bombing people waiting for food outside a bakery. rebels accused the regime of taking anger out on them. there had been increasing concern that they could use chemical weapons to hold on to power. the government refuses they would use chemical weapons. >> they will never use it. and that clear? firstly, they would not use it against the wrong people if they had won with in their geographical boundaries. -- against their own people. >> they claimed they seized this base near aleppo. >> in afghanistan, a police officer shot dead five colleagues in a northern province. >> that officer has been detained. at least 52 members of the force have been killed this year by afghan foreign police. the egyptian commission is looking into allegations of fraud. it is expected to release storm tuesday. >> it did accused president morsi are driving this through without any input from secularists or christians
. a report. >> a small corner of the violence that is ravaging syria every day. this is the look at a town in the north. activists maimed seven women -- named seven women and two children they say died in the rubble after bombs were dropped by aircraft. there was even greater carnage further south. a town was attacked by rebels just a few days earlier, and activists said the regime struck back with jets, firing rockets at a bread line near the bakery. the regime said its army struck back at rebel fighters year, killing and injuring many of them. hardly a good moment for the peace envoy to be visiting damascus in search of a solution. whatever may have emerged in his talks with bashar al assad, he was not giving much away. >> i briefed the president about my meetings and talks with officials in the region and beyond and about the steps i think i necessary to help the syrian people come out of this crisis. the situation in syria remains worrying. we hope all parties will be able to find a solution that meets the aspirations and hopes of the syrian people. >> as the regime loses ever more gro
tomorrow christmas day from the basilica's central balcony. >>> in other news of the world tonight in syria, christians went to church praying for an end to their nation's civil war. in damascus young people delivered gifts. about 10% of syria's people are christian. >>> in syria a red alert is in effect as smoke and ash are billowing from a volcano near argen to the tine -- argentine. they're keeping their side of the border on the highest alert. the volcano is about 10,000 feet high and has not erupted in more than 20 years. >>> in mexico city, the program is sponsoring a program that will allow people to turn in their guns and receive cash or toys. the move comes after a 10-year- old boy was sitting in a movie theater watching a movie and was hit by a stray bullet. >>> in south africa, former president nelson mandela remains in the hospital and doctors say there's no plans to release him. >>> doctors in texas who had once said former president george h.w. bush would be able to spend christmas at home have now changed their mind. the 85-year-old was hospitalized in houston late last month
.s. military will soon be sending teams to africa. also later, prayers for peace in syria. the latest round of bloody bombings killing innocent men, women and children. all they were doing waiting in line for food. [ male announcer ] when was the last time something made your jaw drop? campbell's has 24 new soups that will make it drop over, and over again. ♪ from jammin' jerk chicken, to creamy gouda bisque. see what's new from campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. [ buzzing ] bye dad. drive safe. k. love you. [ chirping, buzzing continues ] [ horn honks ] [ buzzing continues ] [ male announcer ] the sprint drive first app. blocks and replies to texts while you drive. we can live without the &. visit sprint.com/drive. >> jamie: troops in afghanistan are celebrating christmas with a special dinner and candlelight mass. couple soldiers admitted the difficulty of spending the holiday in the war zone but said they are making the best of it. >> like everyone else, i am missing the opportunity to be with my family. however, you know, this job comes with a price. and many of the soldiers t
which left 26 people dead. >>> international peace envoy brahimi sat down with talks with syria's president bashar assad. they tried to reach a conclusion on the syrian war, but there is no indication they reached a breakthrough. they met in the capital damascus. they discussed the crisis and moving forward. they planned to set up an administration with government and anti-government forces. he plans to pull power from the assad administration to a new government. but the opposition wants to overthrow the assad administration and the government regards the opposition as terrorist. >>> two insider attacks in afghanistan have rattled the international security forces. an afghan policewoman shot and killed a u.s. contractor in the capital kabul. the victim was a security consultant for the police. other officers detained the woman at the scene. her motive is unknown. another afghan police officer opened fire at a checkpoint in the northern province of jasjon. he killed five colleagues and fled the site. police believe he was a member of the taliban. afghan soldiers and police offic
, nigeria, and especially syria. >> translator: yes, may peace be brought for the people of syria, deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >> last night as always the pope celebrated christmas eve mass in st. peter's basilica. he reminded christians everywhere to leave room for god in their busy lives. >>> you can't get closer to christmas than church of the nativity in bethlehem. ♪ >> vast crowds turned out for midnight mass near the spot considered jesus' actual birth place. tourism officials estimated 20% jump over the last year in foreign pilgrims in part because of the church's recent designation as a u.n. world heritage site. the obama family celebrated the president's birth place in hawaii and, yes, christmas brings us one day closer to possibly the fiscal cliff, the huge tax increases, spending cuts that could take effect in one week
on china as part of his blessing and offered prayers for peace in syria, a solution to the crisis, and tolerance in china. the catholic church faces discrimination from the communist leaders. he also encouraged egypt to build a just and respectful societies. the archbishop is getting his first taste as leader of the archdiocese and baltimore. he celebrated his first christmas mass with hundreds of parishioners at the cathedral of mary our queen. he spoke on the meaning of christmas and the tragedy in connecticut. >> my heart was cells of the folks -- is with all of the folks, asking the lord to give them consolation and healing. certainly to let them know our solidarity with them in prayer. they have been inundated with so many things, phone calls, but what they and really need are our prayers'. >> he spent 11 years as bishop of bridgeport, conn. for jews, christmas is a day of volunteering. more than 600 took place. families prepared winter care packages for homeless shelters. they include scarfs and hats made by members of the community. organizers say it was important for the c
for peace in palestine and israel and a end to the war in syria. >> i think that -- that's what he says and when he says it he is listened to by all the world leaders and also by the people on the ground. >> the pope's message was translated in to 65 languages. >>> the gown tried something a little less traditional. her she gave her holiday wishes in 3d. she sported 3d glasses to review her work. of course they are fit for a queen studded with crystals in the shape of the letter q. insiders hinted she didn't return them to the recycling bin. i guess not. with royal crystals. >>> . we have royal rain coming. >> merry christmas. it could be a wild afternoon. we have had showers early on. i think things pick up. maybe some storms around the bay area. good day to hunker down and enjoy family and friends. all the yellow and orange starting to show up outside. taking you for a closer look toward santa rose a. we are seeing heavier amounts, in toward bodega bay. we are expecting them to slide further to the south. if you look along the coastline, just off the coast of san francisco you are s
in the middle east and an end to the violence in syria. >>> coach chuck pagano will once again stand with his team on the sidelines. we'll have more on that inspiring story about the coach's cancer fight coming up. certainly is inspiring, and as we go to break, we'll look at christmas in flip-flops. wow, that looks great. how they are spending the holidays in the breezy bondi beach, australia. en to these hay progressive customers. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. with two times the points on dining in restaurants,? you may find yourself asking why not, a lot. chase sapphire preferred. there's more to enjoy. santho, ho, ho!anta! santa! want to see some magic? watch this! merry chr... (crash) ow! i landed on my keys. did you get that? oh yeah. that was ama
the world. he said even in syria, a nation embroiled in a nearly two-year long civil war peace is possible. >> translator: yes, peace for the people of syria. deeply wounded and divided by a conflict which does not spare even the defenseless. and reaps innocent victims. once again, i appeal for an end to the bloodshed. easier access for the relief of refugees and the displaced. and dialogue in the pursuit of a political solution to the conflict. >> the pope also spoke out against violence against christians in nigeria and mally. he wrapped up the address by delivering christmas greetings in 65 different languages. in bethlehem, worshippers packed the church of the nativity for the midnight mass. this is the 1700-year-old church, by the way. >>> and here's something you can mark as a first on christmas day. queen elizabeth's traditional recorded message will be broadcast in 3-d on british television next hour. you see her leaving church earlier this morning. in her address, the queen is expected to speak about the excitement and pride around hosting the 2012 olympics and celebrations surrou
charles durning. he died yesterday at his home. he was 89. >> ahead on "starting point," syria's government not letting up on its assault on its own people, and new concerns about a deadly mystery gas. we're live with the very latest on that. >> and video you want to see this morning. it could completely change space travel as we know it. it's an impressive development. that next. >> but first we go to break with a look at the christmas nights glowing in the negotiate in india. what a night, huh? but, um, can the test drive be over now? head back to the dealership? [ male announcer ] it's practically yours. but we still need your signature. volkswagen sign then drive is back. and it's never been easier to get a passat. that's the power of german engineering. get $0 down, $0 due at signing, $0 deposit, and $0 first month's payment on any new volkswagen. visit vwdealer.com today. time for citi price rewind. because your daughter really wants that pink castle thing. and you really don't want to pay more than you have to. only citi price rewind automatically searches for the lowest
60 such "insider" attacks this year. this was the first committed by a woman. in syria, the u.n. envoy to syria met with president bashar al-assad in damascus, but he gave no sign of progress toward halting the civil war. lakhdar brahimi spoke with assad as part of a two-day visit. brahimi was appointed envoy in september, but he's made little apparent headway. the latest visit came a day after opposition groups reported a government air strike on a bakery killed at least 60 people. authorities in india restricted vehicle and railroad travel in new delhi today, in the wake of violent protests over a gang rape. on sunday, police sprayed tear gas and water cannons after crowds began throwing stones and tipping over vehicles. the protesters demanded stronger punishments for crimes against women after a 23-year old woman was attacked on a public bus last week. the victim was thrown from the bus afterward. she remains in critical condition. six arrests have been made. washington was quiet today with the president and congress gone for christmas. but the lack of any fiscal cliff tal
in israel, palestine and syria. this year midnight mass was moved up two hours to 10:00 p.m. to accommodate the ageing church leader. >>> clear skies kept travelers on track at sfo today after long de lay this is past weekend. as atly reports, this day before christmas is a busy one. >> the security line snaked throughout terminal 2 in san francisco international airport this morning. travelers shuffled through to chasm flights to arrive in time for christmas morning. >> everybody twoonts go home and see family. >> friday, december 21st, was technically the businessest day of holiday travel season for sfo with 130,000 people passing through, but christmas eve isn't too far behind with 120,000 airline passengers expected to. for some holiday traveler, the last-minute journey was a matter of price. >> i picked the 24th because it was, like, $250 less than what was on saturday or sunday and what was on tuesday so it was obviously a good choice to do it. >> for other travelers with busy schedules, christmas eve was their only choice. >> i had to book this today because of work, but -- but we're
have turned their guns on the people training them. in syria, united nations envoy dakhdar brahimi met today with yresident bashar al-assad but gave no indication of progress towards stopping the civil war. there was also no let-up in attacks on civilians. today funerals for some of the dozen killed yesterday when a bakery was bombed apparently by assad's warplanes. ba amateur video posted online shows the dead piled in the ineets and the wounded being carried to hospitals. first responders in newtown say ll tot call them heroes. jack klugman, who rose to fame on t.v.'s "the odd couple" has died. and pope benedict xvi continues xvi cistmas tradition when the "cbs evening news" continues. questions? anyone have occasional constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating? yeah. one phillips' colon health probiotic cap each day helps defend against these digestive issues with three strains of good bacteria. approved! [ female announcer ] live the regular life. phillips'. a delicious new way to get essential vitamins you need. just bite into the tasty shell... to a chewy vitamin core for a unique mul
to the civil war in syria. for many tourists, spending christmas here in vatican city and hearing pope benedict speak is a once in a lifetime experience. >> amazing to see so many people here. probably of all faiths. and just wonderful to be a part of it. it's bigger than we are. >> it's something that encourages me to believe even more. >> reporter: before the mass, the pope lit a peace candle outside his window as a larger than life nativity scene was unveiled in st. peter's square below. the traditional midnight mass was moved up to 10:00 years ago to let the pontiff rest before his important christmas day speech. cbs news, the vatican. >>> president obama is in hawaii for christmas. the president is expected to spend a quiet day with his family. with the president and congress on a short holiday break, there's been no movement on fiscal cliff negotiations. before he left washington, the president said he believes a deal could be made before the december 31 deadline. >>> u.s. troops celebrated their 12th consecutive christmas in afghanistan. service men and women attended a service at the na
in september. the late anthony shadid has been nominated. he died in syria while covering syria for the washington post. his wife will be here representing him, and that's nada bachary. katherine boo has been nominated, "behind the beautiful forever," about mumbai, and anne applebaum has a book out and is scheduled on our q & a show in september. so we'll be interviewing those authors as we go. we'll be watching the red carpet here as some of the authors have their picture taken. right now we want to talk to the chairman of the national book foundation, and this is david steinberger. mr. steinbergers is also head of the become group what is the national book airport. >> given to the best american books in four categories, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature, and you look at the people who have won this award, it's the pan of pantheons. saul bell wyoming. >> this began 63 years ago. do you know the history, why it began? >> it was group of people who were interested in making sure that great books had the greatest possible impact on the culture, and that's
, especially between israelis and palestinians. and in syria. he returned to that theme thaga this morning. >>> stormy weather could make christmas day travel hazardous. even tornadoes are a threat in alabama, mississippi and louisiana. and more people are hitting the road than in years past. >> most people traveling for the holiday in six years. this means that any bad weather we might be seeing in the coming days, could result in serious disruptions. >> and because of the stormy weather, delays are possible at ten major airports, from boston to san francisco. >>> and here's a look at your christmas day forecast. foggy this morning from tallahassee to atlanta. heavy snow in oklahoma. and a new storm moving in the midwest. cold in the upper midwest with the windchills. fargo, you're going to feel like 35 below. new york and baltimore will warm up to the mid-40 >> and finally. you may have heard of this guy before. we want to introduce you to santa claus. at least that's what it says on his driver's license and his credit cards. he changed his name officially last spring. he plays santa at
for world peace and called for an end to the violence in syria. he also urged christians to make room for god in their fast- paced lives. >>> thousands of people are celebrating christmas in bethlehem. a midnight mass was born in nativity. the israel's tour ministry expects 75,000 people to visit which is actually a drop from last year. >>> new this morning while troops in afghanistan may not be able to spend christmas with their families, they are still getting in the holiday spirit. u.s. and afghanistan forces celebrated the day together. hundreds of troops in kabul kicked off the day with lunch. they had turkey, everything that goes with it. soldiers had the hardest part being away from their children. >> christmas is the time when people get together and they share and we eat good food. it's not as bad as it seems but i was wish i was home with my family. >> the joint celebration comes as the u.s. troops begin to handoff responsibility to the troops in 2013. >>> queen elizabeth and her granddaughters arrived at st. mary magdalene church. prince philip was there. prince william was
delivers a christmas greeting in 60 languages. >>> there is no peace in syria. fierce fighting continues as rebels have another victory, capturing a town in northern part of country near the border with turkey. rebel forces surrounded the town for week, before making the final push today. the government forces steadily have been losing criminal of territory in the north. over the past few months. the constitution drafted by islamists in egypt passed a referendum with 64% of the vote. voter turn-out was low. the opposition campaigned against the constitution, charging it will usher in islamic rule and restrict freedoms. there are forecasts of snow, thunderstorms and tornadoes leaving many with a wet and not necessarily white christmas. along the gulf coast, they raced for possibility of tornadoes and possible thunderstorms. tornado watch was in effect over louisiana until this afternoon. >>> after being battered by superstorm sandy, they are struggling to rebuild the holiday season. >> this christmas, 9-year-old kylie wants her home back. her family's house was severely danieled by hurric
called for peace in syria. more than 40,000 syrians have been killed since that conflict began. >>> and there is new tape out today of the first lady with kids. the night before christmas and first dog bo and all seem to be loving a good story. >> good afternoon, everyone. >> this is exactly what he does at home. he tries to beat malia and sasha to my lap. this is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays is coming to the children's hospital to see all of you, and i want to thank my escorts, jordan and a.j. you guys are awesome. you did a fabulous job escorting me here. i made it. >> and those are your headlines this hour. i'm george howell. we'll have more news in about an hour. >>> it was one of the most important diplomatic missions in history. also one of the most clandestine and risky. four decades ago henry kissinger, then president nixon's national security adviser, secretly flew to china beginning a string of meetings that would eventually open that isolated eastern nation to the western world. that opening checked soviet expansion imp and in a sense was the b
in syria and urged israel list and palestinians to find the courage to negotiate. he encouraged arab spring nations, especially egypt to build just and respectful societies. >>> in san francisco worshippers gathered at grace cathedral for a light night service at 11:00 one of the most popular christmas eve masses in the bay area. the choir performed, grace cathedral will hold another service today at 11 a.m.. >>> christmas day visitors for former south african president nelson mandela, as he remains hospitalized. >>> do you have a new ipad under the tree? it may be out-of-date. we'll explain. >>> merry christmas. rain is on its way. see it with live doppler 7 hd. areas with yellow and orange show strong cold front pushing through. currently along 101 past south ukiah heading towards healdsburg rain in the north bay late this morning. this also means snow in the sierra. there's a winter weather advisory starting this afternoon at 4:00, continuing until 4:00 tomorrow afternoon. lots of snow up there, chain controls, try avoid travelingc#6 during that time. full weather forecast, coming up. >>
aggressive or the stance of an aggressive china. kerry has to look at the civil war in syria and figure out how to contain the damage. if the military loses control over chemical weapons, there could be greater refugee problems and could destabilize jordan and lebanon and to spillover potentially into israel. that will be the first thing. that is much more of a job for a diplomat to ease tensions and to get people to not respond to provocations that the defense secretary. host: first question is gil rahm westchester, new york. caller: i like to know your opinion on mr. kerry's nomination for secretary of state after he called our soldiers killers and murderers and rapists. guest:well, he has been a politician for a very long time and i think over the years he has said and some thisome thing. i am sure in 2004 he regretted some of his affiliations. kerry was never as radical as some of the other members, but he has been in the public eye for more than 40 years and has a very long track record. recently, he was someone known in washington for giving third, fourth, 6, and seven chances to bash
in syria. the pope celebrated christmas eve mass at st. peter's basilica in the vatican city yesterday. here's video of the pope distributing communion during the/íiz' mass. >>> 7:56 right now. we thank you for spending a litt of your christmas morning with the kron 4 morning news. we'll be back with more in just a couple of minutes. let's take a live look from our mount tam cam. it's a little hazy out there this morning. we do have a change. we have rain on the rain coming back to the area and snow in tahoe. >> good morning and merry christmas to you. here is a live look at san francisco as we take a look at weather this christmas day. and we've got things changing. you can see the clouds in the background there. i guess there's more on the way. hi, annie. >> good morning, darya and mers to you. we're looking at pretty good rah san rafael. we'll zoom in here to show you. nevada, some neighborhoods gettu can see we're going to expect widespread rain by this afternoon. here's a look at your future cast. going to show you where and when. we're looking at cloudy skies to start off the m
, also called for swift international action to end the bloodshed in syria. in central asia, a military plane crashed early this morning in kazakhstan killing 27 people including the country's head of border security. the russian-made aircraft went down near a southern city. the dead also included seven crew members and 19 border guards. there was no immediate word on the cause of the crash but kazakhstan has been plagued by heavy winds and snow in recent weeks. the long-time actor charles durning died monday at his home in new york. he came to be known as the king of character actors. in a 50-year career that spanned broadway, the movies and television. along the way he earned two oscar nominations. one was for his role as the corrupt governor in the best little whorehouse in texas in 1992. in tootsies he played the suitor of dustin hoffman who was posing as a female soap opera star. now back to gwen. >> ifill: we turn to politics and part 2 of our lookality upcoming elections. last night i had talkd with newshour political editor christina bellantoni about how senate contests. tonight
asked for prayer for syria, lebanon and iraq. tomorrow - he'll deliver his traditional christmas address. >> a lot of children will go to bed tonight.wondering just when santa will be arriving. and of course - there's a way to track his every move -- online. grant lodes is back to show us how. >> the real santa claus is on his sleigh tonight, santa claus is coming to town. the north american aerospace command or " norad'.. he is in western europe. he has just left the united king start northern ireland, and then i will lead with four. billion the gifts have been delivered. and then-you will go from ireland from northern ireland. he is going to go west and eventually will ride in the bay area. around the world. it is difficult to pinpoint exactly where he is but needless to stay we will continue to follow this developing story. >> the real story could be on the slatsanta's sleigh the real story-however, take a look at this interesting impersonators in sweden. they were spotted showing off their skill on motorcycles. >> a home in san diego has been decorated with 35,000 christmas lights.
kind of action. and i am very interested in the way that syria is being approached. in terms of really using -- i teach a course on the national security toolbox. and we look at the various aspects of this, and what's happening is, the u.s. government and the international community is using the tools, operating internationally, getting international pressure, a variety of sanctions that are tighter and tighter. humanitarian assistance and saying that no options are off the table. so i know people talk about appeasement. it has nothing to do -- you know, assad may be a terrible, but he's not hitler. and it's not the same as when the western powers were basically trying to figure out how not to do anything over czechoslovakia, and here we really are trying to do something and being fairly good and calibrated about it. and then a lesson that colin powell really made at every meeting was, if you're going to go in, you've got to figure out how to get out. you've always got to have an exit strategy. so i think there are lessons to be learned, not just from munich, but from all the things th
unaccounted for. >>> now we turn to syria, where christians are praying for peace in their war-torn country on this christmas day. because of security reasons, churches hosted christmas eve services at 5:00 last night, not at midnight. the state department has condemned in the strongest terms the recent wave of bombings that have targeted civilians launched by the assad regime. >>> pope benedict xvi called for prayers for syrians and others in the middle east living in conflict. his christmas message opened with a traditional latin wish for peace, especially to those who live and suffer in places where christ lived. the pope expressed hope that people caught up in the high tech world find room in their hearts for god. >>> thousands of christian pilgrims celebrated mass in bethlehem this morning, the town where it is believed christ was born. the holiday was especially joyous on the west bank after the united nations recognized palestine as an independent state. >>> here in the u.s., it is a day for worship, for exchanging gifts, getting together with family and friends and planning a return
the slaughter in syria. earlier he talked about the need for god in a technology-driven world. and crowds packed manger square in bethlehem. >>> authorities in western new york still don't know why an ex-con set fire to his house and then shot firefighters as they arrived two died in the ambush and two others were wounded. jim axelrod reports. >> reporter: as the four firemen arrived to fight the fire, they were met with gunshots. >> we are being shot at. multiple firemen shot. i am shot. >> reporter: two of the men died instantly. two were wounded. >> be advised i'm snuck the lower leg, the knee area and the lower left back. >> reporter: the gunshots prevented the first responders from putting out the fire. seven homes were consumed by the flames. >> it is still an active investigation, but at first blush it appears that it was a trap. >> reporter: the webster police chief said that william spengler likely set the fire intentionally and waited to ambush the first responders. spengler spent 17 years in prison for beating his grandmother to death with a hammer in 1980. w
. at christmas eve mass, what he talked about was the ongoing conflict in syria. he talked about the conflict with the arab and israeli communities there and he actually spoke about a need for world peace. interestingly, 85 years old, the pope talked about the need of finding god in this age of technologycal marvels and wonders, your i pads and gadgets. he said he wanted to remind everyone not to get lost in that and to make sure that in as much as you are deeply rooted and grounded, to share that same passion for god. a lot of interesting messages, but it is what it is. it means a lot to each individual. all we can say is merry christmas, everyone and have a safe day to you. back to you. >> clayton: thank you. as he was mentioning and he was just starting to mention that, i need to put down my ipad. >> ainsley: that doesn't mean you should turn your tv's off. >> rick: some technology is okay. >> ainsley: now for your headlines this morning. police are searching for more victims have seven houses that burned down in an attack on firefighters in upstate new york . >> they go it could be me, i
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